Did Common Core work?

Chalkbeat’s Matt Barnum does such a wonderful job reporting on edu research. Here he is, taking on a fascinating study that attempted to understand what effect the US’s Common Core standards had. Surprising results!: How do you a study a policy as far-reaching as the Common Core, particularly one that was introduced alongside a host […]

This is also part of A Mathematician’s Lament, by the way.

From the famous Mathematician’s Lament. Not that I necessarily cosign the whole thing (I definitely don’t!) but I wish more mathematicians were willing to imagine that less math could be part of the solution, someday, even if in today’s world cutting math requirements would introduce dangerous inequities. It’s an idea worth getting used to.

The Mathematical Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath

The Financial Modelers’ Manifesto was a proposal for more responsibility in risk management and quantitative finance written by financial engineers Emanuel Derman and Paul Wilmott. The manifesto includes a Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath. The Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath I will remember that I didn’t make the world, and it doesn’t satisfy my equations. Though I will use models boldly to estimate value, I will not be overly impressed […]

Benoit Mandelbrot, Beauty and Finance

Is there anything that shouts “mathematical beauty!” quite like fractals? Fractals are a core pillar of how mathematicians and educators sell math to the public. That makes sense — they really are beautiful in a way that is both visual and intellectually pleasing. In fact, just a few hours ago I showed this image to […]

Is this OK?

Is it OK to abstract away all the history (and suicide) for the sake of a good puzzle? Forget for a second whether or not this particular video is ok. (I wouldn’t show it to my students; you never knows what someone is dealing with.) But doesn’t this say something about mathematical culture? What are […]